1780-02 ~ Chemise a la Reine 2


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Chemise a la Reine

EASY

By Thimbles and Acorns

Available in two sizes designed to fit American Girl®A Girl for All Time®, and Other Similarly Sized Dolls

This simple white dress was made popular by Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, in the 1780s. Shortly after the birth of her first child in 1778, Marie Antoinette retreated to Trianon, a private residence given to her by her husband, where she could raise her children in privacy. At Trianon, there was no ceremony or etiquette, only the quiet company of friends. Everything was to be simpler, including her wardrobe. Her dress designer Rose Bertin, inspired by the muslin dresses worn by the women in the French West Indies, created a loose flowing gown tied at the waist with a large colorful ribbon. The new dress played into Marie’s romanticism of the simple life that she longed for and she quickly cast off her her opulent court outfits in favor of the new style. One would think that this simpler dress, representing a more democratic spirit and costing much less than the queen’s previous court wear, would have been celebrated by the people. However, when Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun painted her in it, the portrait launched a scandal. The dress looked too much like a chemise and the people thought their queen had been painted in her underwear! 
Despite the public reaction to the queen, the Chemise a la Reine as it had become known, was quickly adopted by the fashionable ladies of France and England and soon became quite popular among women of all social classes. 

This pattern is available exclusively through Pixie Faire. Click Here or on the picture to purchase.

 

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2 thoughts on “1780-02 ~ Chemise a la Reine

  • Carol M.

    I have just completed this gown for AGFAT Amelia, and it is exquisite! Is the straw hat still available to purchase to complete the ensemble? I’ve looked and looked and can’t find it sold alone, just as part of a pixie pack, but would like to purchase several, if possible, as I know you did once offer them. Thanks for any assistance you can give me.

  • Vibrators

    Lady Elizabeth Foster by Angelica Kauffman, 1785. Elizabeth Foster was British, and a close friend of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, showing the international appeal of the chemise a la reine.